Hillcrest Cemetery

Hillcrest Cemetery is a historic cemetery in Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States. Established in 1837, it is known as the "Little Arlington of the South." It contains the burials of five Confederate generals.

Hillcrest Cemetery
Confederate markers, Hillcrest Cemetery, Holly Springs, Mississippi.jpg
Graves of Confederate States Army soldiers
Hillcrest Cemetery is located in Mississippi
Hillcrest Cemetery
Hillcrest Cemetery is located in the United States
Hillcrest Cemetery
LocationCenter Street, Holly Springs, Marshall County, Mississippi, U.S.
Coordinates34°45′46″N 89°26′47″W / 34.76278°N 89.44639°W / 34.76278; -89.44639Coordinates: 34°45′46″N 89°26′47″W / 34.76278°N 89.44639°W / 34.76278; -89.44639
Area24 acres (9.7 ha)
MPSHolly Springs MRA
NRHP reference No.82003108[1]
Added to NRHPJune 28, 1982


The cemetery is located on Center Street in Holly Springs, Marshall County, Mississippi.[2][3]


The cemetery was established in 1837, when William S. Randolph, an early settler of Holly Springs, donated the land.[4] The railings were designed by the Jones, McElwain and Company Iron Foundry prior to the Civil War.[4]

It is known as the "Little Arlington of the South" in allusion to the Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C..[3] Notable burials include five generals of the Confederate States Army:[4] Samuel Benton, Winfield S. Featherston, Daniel Govan, Edward Walthall,[5] and Absolom M. West.[6] Other notable burials include Wall Doxey, Benjamin D. Nabers, Hiram Rhodes Revels, and James F. Trotter.[5] Also buried there are painter Kate Freeman Clark,[7] the wife and son of Alamo defender Micajah Autry,[8] and architect Spires Boling.[9]

The cemetery was vandalized in 1980.[4]

Heritage significanceEdit

It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since June 28, 1982.[2]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Hillcrest Cemetery". National Park Service. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Kempe, Helen Kerr (1977). The Pelican Guide to Old Homes of Mississippi: Columbus and the North. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company. pp. 87–88.
  4. ^ a b c d Guren, Pamela C. "Hillcrest Cemetery: Holly Springs, Marshall County, MS: HISTORIC RESOURCES OF HOLLY SPRINGS" (PDF). Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Browse by Cemetery: Hill Crest Cemetery". Find a Grave. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "Absolom Madden West". Find a Grave. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  7. ^ "Biography". katefreemanclark.org. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  8. ^ List of Autry memorials in Hillcrest, on Find a Grave. Retrieved 08 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Spires Boling gets monument". 18 April 2018.